A Magic Train Ride in P1B

This week we went on a magic train ride to lots of imaginary lands! We drew pictures of what we could see out of our train window and then we wrote about our adventure. We did this independently so that Mrs Bell could see how we are getting on with sounding out words and writing in sentences. Mrs Bell was so impressed!

Here’s a link to the Magic Train Ride story:

In Numeracy and Maths we worked on finding the difference and giving change using subtraction to help us. For example, if I pay for an item that is 7p with a 10p coin, I can do a subtraction sum to find out the change: 10p-7p = 3p

Here are links to some games to practise giving change:



Next week we will be revising the digraphs we have learned so far and continuing to work on finding the difference.

Have a lovely weekend!

Love P1B and Mrs Bell x

Pancakes, a pet sale and 80’s day in P1B

What a jam packed week we’ve had this week!

On Tuesday and Wednesday we made and tasted pancakes.

In Phonics this week we learned about the trigraph – igh, we learnt that this usually goes in the middle of words like light, might, fight. However, sometimes words break the rules, such as high and sigh.

We also learnt the other way to make this sound: -y, as in try, fly, cry.

It can be tricky to know which one to use. We played an action game you could try at home to help us to practice. If it’s an igh word, make a triangle with your hands, if it’s a –y word make a y (like in the YMCA!). Try it with these words:

bright, shy, try, light

In numeracy we continued our work with the number fact families. We are doing well with this but some of us are getting tricked by the + and – signs, we need to look at the sum carefully.

In Money this week we read a book called The Great Pet Sale. We loved making our own Pet Sale with our soft toys, and using coins to buy and sell them to our friends. Here’s a clip of the story:

We LOVED 80’s day! We watched P6/7 perform one of their songs from Fame, had a go at a 80’s dance routine, listened to stories from the 80’s and took part in a fashion show!

Admin for next week:

Thursday – World Book Day! Please send children in their assembly costume (or send it in a bag to change into) as we are having a dress rehearsal in the afternoon for P1-4 (we will try our best to keep our costumes clean!)

Friday – Please send children to school in their assembly costume

BEAR (Be Excited About Reading) event 9-10 in our classroom

10-10.30am Class assembly in the school hall

Love P1B and Mrs Bell x

Ps, apologies for the lack of photos – it isn’t letting me upload as the blog is full. I (think!) I have managed to upload some photos to Seesaw 🙂 

Revision and fact families in P1B

A short blog for a short week 🙂
In Phonics this week we have been revising the digraphs we have learned so far. Mrs Bell was very impressed with how well we remember these!
I’m Numeracy we have been linking addition and subtraction and learning about fact families. A fact family is a group of 4 number facts (2 addition, 2 subtraction) that use the same 3 numbers. Here are some examples we made using numicon to help us:
We will continue to work on these next week as they are tricky! Here’s an online resource to practise fact families at home:
We were very excited to begin our assembly practices! Scripts have gone home (these don’t need to come back to school) so that you can help us to practise our lines.  As you may have already discovered, it’s going to be a very unique assembly! We have some lovely Primary 4s helping us…you might recognise them 🙂
Admin for next week:
Monday: Please bring in the book that the character you are going to be in the assembly is from. Throughout the week we are going to read them during milk and story and take photos for our assembly. Don’t worry if you don’t have the book, please don’t go out and buy it, we can improvise!
Thursday: Please bring in a soft toy for a (pretend!) toy sale.
Have a lovely weekend!
Love P1B and Mrs Bell x

Scotland Loves Languages Week in P1B

Bonjour! Hola! This week we have been celebrating Scotland Loves Languages Week. On Monday the Language Ambassadors taught us the game ‘Poissons pêcheurs’ which helped us to practise our numbers in French:

On Tuesday we ordered our lunches in French.

On Wednesday MS taught us how to sing happy birthday in Spanish to BP (feliz cumpleaños):

And on Thursday AK read a poem to us in Polish!

We also learned this song, Ma Famille:

In Phonics this week we have been learning the ai/ay sound. These spelling rules help us to remember when to use which one:

‘ai’ – shy i likes to go in the middle of words

‘ay’ – toughy y likes to go at the end of words

We found this quite tricky and will need lots of practise sounding out words to select the correct spelling. Here are some words to try at home:

rain  pay   gain  bait  say   tray

Ask us: Is it the ‘shy i’ or the ‘toughy y’?

We also learned 2 more common words – are, they

In Numeracy we are getting super confident at subtracting. Some of us are beginning to recognise that if we know one subtraction fact we can find another by rearranging the subtracting number and the answer, eg: 10 – 6 = 4 so 10- 4 = 6

Next week we will be looking at missing numbers in a subtraction sum and continuing to work on recognising and counting coins.

In IDL we learned what a timeline is and looked at different forms of transport through time. EM took his time to cut out very carefully to complete his transport timeline:

Thank you to all those who have already returned the slip with their chosen character for our class assembly. So far we have witches, fairies, an oompa lumpa and even a Frieda Khalo! If you are still to decide then please hand this in on Monday so that we can start writing our story, thank you 🙂

Have a lovely weekend!

Love P1B and Mrs Bell x


‘th’ and ‘wh’, money and transport in P1B

In Phonics this week we learned 2 new digraphs – ‘th’ and ‘wh’.  Our common words were ‘she’ and ‘be’.

We know that ‘th’ is the rude sound, we have to stick out our tongue a little bit to make this sound. We are getting good at telling the difference between ‘f’ and ‘th’.

The ‘wh’ sound is often used at the start of a question word (when, where, why, which). Some of us had a go at writing a question, very impressive!

In Numeracy we have been continuing our work on subtraction. We are getting more confident at selecting strategies to solve subtraction sums. We loved the subtraction bus game:

In Maths we started learning about money. We learned the value of each coin and explored what each coin looks and feels like.

A simple activity to do at home is to tip out your purse/wallet and let children sort coins. Also, here’s a good online resource to play:


On Monday and Tuesday afternoon we started our new IDL topic – the history of transport. We are very excited about this and can’t wait to learn more. If we have any transport experts or parents/family members who work in this industry, we’d love to hear from you!

We met Mrs McAulay this week, she will be with us again next Tuesday afternoon and is enjoying getting to know all of us.

Here are some photos of our free play this week, we enjoyed exploring ice and snow on Tuesday:

Have a great weekend!

Love P1B and Mrs Bell x

Choppity chopping, Subtraction and Scots in Primary 1

Hi everyone, P1A and P1B here! As we have enjoyed working together lots this week we thought we would do a joint blog.

In Phonics we learned a new digraph – ch. We made choo choo trains, wrote sentences using ch words and we even made a yummy lentil and vegetable soup. We chopped the vegetables ourselves and sang the song:

‘Chop chop choppity chop, chop off the bottom and chop off the top. What we have left we put in the pot, chop, chop, choppity chop!’

We must be excellent chefs because we thought our soup tasted delicious!

In Numeracy we continued to develop our understanding of subtraction. We explored different strategies such as  using our fingers, counting backwards in our head and jumping on a number line:

In French we worked on our conversation skills and greetings. We can say: Bonjour!

Je m’appelle…

Au revoir!

We practised this using characters on our fingers, ask us to show you 🙂

Through our Scots topic we learned some Scots words (so did Mrs Bell!). We enjoyed listening to stories in Scots such as The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Bairn and The Teeger that Cam for His Tea:

On Monday we learned how to play the Scottish game ‘peevers’. We worked in teams to draw out the game on the playground with chalk. On Tuesday we demonstrated our co-ordination and rhythm through Scottish country dancing and on Friday we confidently performed the song ‘3 Craws’ in assembly.

A wee snippet of our Scottish country dancing:

We are thoroughly enjoying corridor play with Mrs Stapleton:

Happy weekend!
Love Primary 1, Mrs Gordon and Mrs Bell x

Subtraction, ‘sh’ and 3 Craws in P1B

What a lovely week in P1B, full of lots of learning and playing.

In Numeracy we began learning about subtraction. We ‘subtracted’ marshmellows to help us to understand the concept – this was a highlight of the week for lots of us! We will forever understand subtraction as the act of eating marshmellows and there getting ‘less’. We also explored subtraction using cubes, played subtraction games and had a go at solving some written sums.

In Maths we learned how to tell the time o’clock on an analogue clock. We were amazing at this! We know that the big hand is called the minute hand and the small hand is called the hour hand. If you have an old watch we can wear this will help us to engage with telling the time. A digital one is fine too as we will be learning how to read the time on a digital clock next week.

In Literacy we learned the digraph ‘sh’. A digraph is 2 letters combined together to make a sound. We will be learning lots of these this term. We highlighted ‘sh’ words in a story, wrote ‘sh’ words and we even made a ship!

Our IDL focus this week and next is Scots. We learned the song ‘3 Craws’, ask us to sing it to you, we’re very good. Maili and Olga helped us to make our own craws, we’re really proud of them:

If any of you are able to speak in Scots, we’d love you to come in and read us a story or poem…. Mrs Bell tries but it really is not her area of expertise!

Have a fab weekend 🙂

Love P1B and Mrs Bell x

Happy New Year from P1B!

Welcome back and Happy New Year!

Thank you for all of the well wishes following the babybell news. The children have all been very sweet and have given me lots of baby advice.

In Literacy we have been practising sounding out words and writing a sentence. We listened to the story ‘Snow Bear’ and shared all the facts we know about polar bears. Then we used the internet to find out more. We each picked one fact to write as a sentence. We are working hard to remember finger spaces, capital letter at the beginning and a full stop at the end. Here is our super work:

In Numeracy we did some revision of addition to 10. We are very good at finding out the answer by counting how many altogether and using cubes. We need more practise at counting on in our heads. For example, 5+2, some of us are counting 1 2 3 4 5. We know that we can solve the sum quicker if we keep 5 in our head and count on. This is something we could work on verbally at home.

Here’s a video we sing along to that helps us to remember our number bonds to 10:

In Health and well-being we looked at what it means to be resilient. We talked about the things we can do (because we’ve practised them lots) and the things we can’t do…YET. We discussed that everyone has things that they can’t do…yet. Even grown-ups!

New homework and reading books will go home on Monday. As we have learned all our initial sounds, we are getting more confident at sounding out words when we read. Don’t forget to say the word after sounding it out to ensure understanding. Eg, I saw a b-i-g big c-a-t cat. We know that we don’t need to sound out tricky words because we just know them (I, saw, the, to, etc). Any questions about how best to support your child with reading please just ask 🙂

Some photos of our free play fun this week:

Admin/reminders for this term:

  • PE is on Tuesday and Wednesdays – please make sure long hair is tied back
  • Music with Ms Bain on Thursdays
  • Show and Tell (optional) on Thursdays
  • Special toy (optional) on Fridays

Date for the diary:

Friday 6th March at 10am – our class assembly

Have a lovely weekend!

Love P1B and Mrs Bell x

Christmas has arrived in P1B!

Wow, what a fun-filled Christmasy time we are having in P1b! Christmas fayre, Nativity, parties…
We’ve even found time to finish learning all our initial sounds a-z. No new sounds next week, use homework time to revise all of the initial sounds and common words learned, focusing on the ones children are less confident with. It’s important we know all our initial sounds so we can move on to new sounds in January.
In Numeracy we have been working on addition facts to 10 (number bonds). We are getting good at recognising switchers, eg, 8+2 and 2+8. It’s OK not to know number bonds off by heart by now, it’s more important to learn strategies to solve addition sums, such as counting on fingers, counting out loud or using concrete materials. We all learn differently, we will find strategies that work for us.
We were all stars in our Nativity and should be very proud of ourselves for performing on the stage in the church 🌟🐪
We had great fun at our Nativity party this afternoon, we played party games with P1a, had juice and treats and watched Nativity 3.
We’ve been so busy Mrs Bell has forgotten to take photos… so here are some festive photos from our Nativity party to make up for it!

Christmas party on Monday afternoon, remember to bring your party clothes!

 Have a lovely weekend… 13 sleeps… 

Love P1B and Mrs Bell x

Stickman writing, Numicon addition and Nativity practice in P1B

In Literacy this week we learned the sound j and v:

j – down the Jack in a box’s body, curl. Dot for the head.

v – down the vulture’s wing, up the wing

J is quite tricky because we can get it muddled with i and form the curl the wrong way. Remember that the j has a tail that goes past the line. We also learned two new common words – put, was.

On Wednesday we did a super piece of writing on the story Stickman. We imagined what we would use Stickman for if we found him. We are getting very good at sounding out words and remembering to use a finger space after each word. Here is some of our super writing:

In Numeracy we worked on addition pairs to 6, 7 and 8. We are getting very good at forming numbers the correct way round and writing addition sums correctly. We also worked on addition using numicon:

Admin for next week (it’s a busy one!):

If you haven’t already got your tickets for the Nativity, please return the ticket letter slip on Monday, dojo me if you need another ticket letter.

Costumes in a labelled bag to be handed in by Tuesday – please refer to the Nativity information Sheet – not all children need to hand costume in.  All children know their parts.

Tuesday – Nativity rehearsal at the church. We will be leaving as soon as we have done the register and ordered lunches. Please send children with a waterproof coat and a small bag to carry their water and a snack in. We will be back in time for school lunches so no need for a packed lunch.

Thursday – Christmas jumper day and Christmas lunch

Friday – Christmas Fayre 9am-12

Happy weekend (26 sleeps until Christmas!),

Love P1B and Mrs Bell x

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